Production Companies

This time map shows the locations that African-American based production companies were founded by year. Visualizing these locations allows us to understand the nationwide spread of independently founded production companies.  This time map also gives us a more clear picture of the trends of early African-American race film production. If you’d like to make your own map with this data, you can see our tutorial.

This still map shows the geographical expansion of the film companies that contributed to the distribution and production of these Early African American films. We can visually see the strong influence and presence of the East in the development and creation of such films. This allows for future researchers to dive into the historical and social reasoning behind this. This histogram shows when early production companies included in our data were founded. The graph, which displays our data’s date range from 1908 to 1931, shows a high increase in the number of race film producing companies founded in 1920. If you’d like to make your own map with this data, you can see our tutorial.

This histogram shows when early production companies included in our data were founded. The graph, which displays our data’s date range from 1908 to 1931, shows a high increase in the number of race film producing companies founded in 1920.